NY Hot Jazz Fest Presents
Gordon Au's Grand St Stompers with Molly Ryan
+ Phonograph DJ MAC
"Get Rhythm in Your Feet: the Music of J. Russel Robinson
and the Original Dixieland Jass Band"
On February 26th 1917, exactly 100 years to the day of this concert, The Original Dixieland Jass Band (ODJB) made the first ever commercial jazz recording,"Livery Stable Blues", for the Victor Talking Machine Company. An instant hit, selling close to a million copies, the record paved the way to establishing jazz as popular music.
The Grand St Stompers will celebrate this historic occasion, as well as paying an homage to one of the members of ODJB, J. Russel Robinson, for his contribution to jazz and American popular music with an all new show! Robinson was an American ragtime and jazz pianist and a composer whose early hits included "Sapho Rag" and "Eccentric". Known for his blues influenced playing style, Robinson joined the Original Dixieland Jass Band in 1919. Among his hits for ODJB were composition such as "Margie", "Singin' the Blues", and "Palesteena". In 1977, Robinson's "Singin' the Blues" in a 1927 recording by Frankie Trumbauer and his Orchestrawas inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame .
The concert will start with a brief talk and antique gramophone presentation by MICHAEL CUMMELA (aka Phonograph DJ MAC), the host of WFMU Radio's Antique Phonograph Music Program.
Needless to say, a dance floor will be set aside for those with happy feet.